How to Beat Procrastination at Work

If there’s one thing we have all done at one point or another, it’s procrastinate. Whether we’d like to admit it or not, it is something that can be prevented. In the workplace, this is especially important. Within any industry, we have all been guilty of falling behind on deadlines or waiting until the last minute to send a resume or respond to a candidate submittal. This does not only hurt your chances of landing the deal, but it also can hurt your overall image. Yes, we all get emails, calls, and meetings that tend to clog up our schedule.  However, one thing you must not do is procrastinate on the important things. Being prompt when responding to your future employer is a perfect example of when procrastinating is not acceptable! Remember, getting things in on time is the most valuable thing you can take advantage of in any industry. It will boost your reputation amongst your managers and also boost your confidence.

One strategy employees and managers need to work on is goal setting. Whether it be daily, weekly or monthly, setting goals allows you to work towards a certain accomplishment. Most importantly, it helps you organize everything you have on your plate. Remember, there is always something in front of you and it is easy to forget future commitments. If you put it in writing, it will help you effectively organize what you will need to get done.  

Another strategy that helps tackle the procrastination problem is setting priorities. If you have five things you are attempting to finish in the day, make sure you target the most important first. That way, you are handling the most important issues upfront. Worse case scenario, you have a few things left for later in the week that you can afford to push off. Priority setting is an important strategy we must all take advantage of.

When considering whether or not to procrastinate, one other thing you must consider is the reward factor (or lack there of). The harder you work, the more accomplished you feel. When you push things off, you are usually affecting someone else. Don’t be the person who didn’t finish his/her slide of the presentation until one hour before the meeting. That person will likely not be trusted on the next assignment and probably won’t be considered for top projects within the company.

As a wise man once said, “Your actions speak louder than words.” In this case, get your work done and the rewards will be sure to follow.